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Rhino Food Store, 7411 W. Hampton Ave., is what I always want Pacific Produce to be: cheap, unoffensive to my sense of smell and filled with my favorite Asian foods and items.
Sure, Pacific Produce, 5455 S. 27th St., has a much larger selection (particularly for frozen foods), but the prices are a lot higher. Plus, Rhino is smaller â€“ not small, but smaller â€“ and less overwhelming, stocking everything Iâ€™m interested in, including straw gardening hats, Asian candy (hard-to-find black coffee candy and also ones with cute, bubble-headed panda wrappers), rice noodles, large bottles of Sriracha, coconuts and joss paper (gold paper used primarily in Chinese ceremonies but also makes for great crafting of all kinds).
Itâ€™s also always fun to look at all the items that donâ€™t make it into my cart: cans of bananas, crickets, larvae and quail eggs along with fake money and massive woks.
I was particularly impressed with the price of wasabi-coated peas (about $3 less than the price at other grocery stores), the incredible bamboo shoot selection (at least 20 different brands to choose from) and the chopstick collection.
I also picked up a much-needed and attractive indoor / outdoor rug for my front porch for $12. I looked at something similar that cost four times that amount last summer at a box store and passed on it.Â
Rhino is the largest Hmong-owned grocery store in Milwaukee. Itâ€™s owned by Pai Yang and located inside a former engine and transmission shop.
Although I live on the near South Side, Rhino Foods on Milwaukeeâ€™s Northwest Side is my new Asian market of choice.
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